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Does anyone get chronic pain (jaw, neck, upper back etc) from the muscle tension anxiety causes?

Category: Anxiety 8 years ago
anniiegg
Asked 8 years ago

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absolutely, i grind my teeth when i am anxious(and in my sleep). my jaw is constantly sore. I have ground off about 1/4" of my front top 8-10 teeth, i am looking at a huge dental bill if i can ever afford to get them repair. I have back, shoulder and neck pain from restless sleep and again just being anxious. Relaxation therapy is very good in resting the muscles, so i do that and recommend it as an inclusion to your own coping skills.
Bob
Answered 8 years ago
Bob

YES!! Especially when my anxiety is at its worse. I have pain across my shoulders, you can almost feel the knots in my muscles. I get jaw pain and have probably developed TMJ from clenching my teeth..which I also do in my sleep. I will have pain in my chest wall and I have developed stomach ulcers as a result of my daily stress, anxiety and excessive ibuprofan usage for pain. As I go back and proof read what I just read...what a shocking realization of how self destructive anxiety can be. Sad
AnonymouslyAnxious
Answered 8 years ago
AnonymouslyAnxious

I know this is a year behind when the original post was put up, but this is the major physical manifestation of my anxiety. My jaw will feel fine in the morning, so I don't think I grind in my sleep. I think it is holding my jaw tense all day. The pain is so intense in my cheeks, my ears have that full feeling of needing to be popped, my neck burns and feels tight, my shoulders are filled with knots, and i get dizzy. I will sometimes take a klonopin for the muscle pain, and it helps, but I don't want to have to do that. If I could find a resolution for this anxiety, I really think I could smile again without pain, and visit the dentist without being sore for days after.
lauramaggio
Answered 6 years ago
lauramaggio

I have the exact same problem. I went to a TMD/TMJ clinic and I was told all of my stress is carried in my jaw. I am not even capable of relaxing it. It hurt a lot when the doctor pressed under my jaw. So, it's jaw exercises, physical therapy, hot packs and a "health psychologist" who, I guess is trained in helping people with this sort of thing, but I haven't started yet. I have actually ruined my crowns that I can't afford to replace. I will be getting an "appliance" that's supposed to help. I'll let you know how it goes. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Answered 6 years ago

It is highly possible/probable stress and anxiety are the causes.. as I'm sure you know, that dynamic duo wreaks havoc with your brain and the "normal" neural paths, fouling everything up and sending false signals that can appear anywhere... sorry to hear about the pain, and hope that you get control over things so it goes away soon...
Ryche
Answered 6 years ago
Ryche

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